Superb Presentation Silver Gilt Trophy Presented to Col Robert A. Athorpe
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A Superb Presentation Silver Gilt Trophy Presented to Col Robert A. Athorpe of Dinnington.This massive silver gilt trophy stands 19.5" Tall & weighs 135oz. This classical style piece is profusely worked overall, the lid is mounted with a silver eagle sat on a wreath with feather and arrow decoration running around the entire lid, there is a stand of arms on each side of the trophy amongst classical design work, on one side in the centre of the stand of arms is the regimental badge of the Loyal Independent Sheffield Volunteers and on the other is a plaque with a presentation inscription from "The Loyal Independent Sheffield Volunteers to Robert Athorpe Athorpe Esq their late Colonel, 1799".
Around the rim of the base is a silver hallmarked inscription detailing the makers which reads; "Thomas & Daniel Leader, Fecit Sheffield".
Robert A. Athorpe was Colonel of the Sheffield regiment of volunteer infantry in 1793,. he was previously know by the name of Blanchard which he resigned for the Athorpe surmane after becoming heir to his uncle Athorpe of Dinnington, this was by act of parliment in 1772.
According to records he dispersed a riotous mob in Norfolk street, Sheffield in 1795, accounts were published in the "Sheffield Iris" & the " Sheffield Courant". For details of the riot follow the link: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=C8cHAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA52&lpg=PA52&dq=norfolk+street+riots+in+sheffield+1795&source=bl&ots=OeCAPnGXSL&sig=qiF3MYKIrh_Awi1L-HdrQXVunaE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwimhqPw2t_RAhWSOsAKHcbgDNoQ6AEILzAD#v=onepage&q=norfolk%20street%20riots%20in%20sheffield%201795&f=false